Xiaomi watch wear OS. El Xiaomi Mi Watch apuesta por WearOS y eSim 4G

Stay connected on the go! Know how to use WhatsApp on your Wear OS smartwatch for easy messaging and voice calls.

In an exciting development, Meta has officially launched the dedicated WhatsApp app for Wear OS-powered smartwatches, making it easier for Android users to stay connected on the go. This eagerly awaited app has been in the works for several months, and it now offers a complete suite of features, including voice calls, message responses, and more,via Android Police report.

Setting Up WhatsApp on Your Wear OS Smartwatch

Before diving into the setup process, ensure that your smartwatch is running on Wear OS 3 or a later version. Next, make sure that the WhatsApp app is installed on both your Android phone and your smartwatch. Please note that apps on your phone do not automatically sync to your Wear OS watch, so you’ll need to install WhatsApp manually. Here’s how you can get started quickly:

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Wake up your smartwatch and press the Power button.

Scroll and select Apps on phone.

Locate WhatsApp and tap Install.

Ensure that your phone and smartwatch are connected to each other.

Open WhatsApp on both devices.

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On your smartwatch, you’ll see an eight-character code. Enter this code into the pairing prompt on your phone to complete the setup.

Once the installation is complete, opening the WhatsApp app on your smartwatch will display a list of your most recent conversations. Choose any conversation to enter the thread and start engaging with your contacts directly from your wrist.

Effortless Messaging on the Go

WhatsApp on Wear OS offers a seamless messaging experience with two primary methods of communication

To send a voice message, simply tap on the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen. Your voice commands will be converted into messages and delivered instantly to your contacts.

Built-In Input Interface

Tapping on the keyboard icon allows you to use Wear OS’s built-in input interface. This versatile feature lets you access a virtual keyboard, insert emojis, dictate messages using Google’s voice-to-text engine, or choose from a list of quick reply options.

Enabling WhatsApp Notifications on Your Smartwatch

To ensure you never miss an important message, enabling WhatsApp notifications on your smartwatch is crucial. Follow these steps to activate notifications:

On your smartphone, launch the Wear OS app.

Scroll down and locate WhatsApp in the list of apps.

Toggle the switch to enable WhatsApp notifications on your smartwatch.

Stay Connected Anywhere, Anytime

With WhatsApp now readily available on Wear OS smartwatches, staying connected has become more convenient than ever. Whether you’re on the move or simply prefer the ease of using your smartwatch, the WhatsApp app for Wear OS allows you to effortlessly chat, call, and keep in touch with your loved ones, all from the comfort of your wrist. So, don’t wait any longer – get connected today.

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El Xiaomi Mi Watch apuesta por WearOS y eSim 4G

Con una clara inspiración en el Apple Watch, Xiaomi se lanza de lleno a por el consumidor interesado en los relojes inteligentes del segmento más premium.

Para ello, la firma asiática no solamente opta por Wear OS como cerebro de operaciones, sino que lo hace reuniendo tres características clave: un precio agresivo, una estética muy similar al reloj de Apple y la capacidad para tener eSIM, apostando por la máxima versatilidad.

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Un diseño familiar

El Xiaomi Mi Watch llega al mercado apostando por uno de los diseños que ha marcado un antes y un después en la industria de los relojes inteligentes.

De este modo, nos encontramos ante una caja cuadrada que cuenta con dos botones para interactuar con el mismo. La corona giratoria ayudará a desplazarnos por los diferentes menús del reloj. Mientras que el botón nos permitirá alcanzar ciertas opciones sin tener que tocar la pantalla. Una experiencia de usuario que ya ha demostrado su buen resultado.

En el lado izquierdo se sitúa tanto el micrófono como el altavoz. Dos elementos imprescindibles que nos permitirán poder responder a las llamadas o dictar mensajes sin necesidad de que tengamos que tener el teléfono móvil cerca.

Materiales que apuestan por la gama premium

Una de las principales señas de identidad de este Mi Watch son sus materiales de construcción. La caja está acabada en aluminio, tanto en negro como en plateado. Mientras que la parte trasera está realizada en cerámica. Siendo capaz de desprender una gran sensación una vez lo llevamos en la muñeca.

En la zona inferior de la caja encontramos tanto el sensor óptico de frecuencia cardíaca, que nos aportará métricas relacionadas con el sueño y el estrés, así como los pines de carga.

Diez modos deportivos

La firma asiática, consciente de que uno de los públicos más interesados en este tipo de dispositivos es el ámbito deportivo, no ha querido dejar pasar la oportunidad de dotar al reloj con todo lo necesario para ser el compañero de entrenamiento perfecto.

Para ello, el Xiaomi Mi Watch dispone de diez modos deportivos. Según sus especificaciones técnicas, este dispositivo es capaz de ofrecer hasta 30 métricas diferentes. Entre las que destacan características presentes en los relojes de alta gama de este sector, como es el caso del tiempo de recuperación o el consumo máximo de oxígeno.

Además, también permite almacenar música con independencia del teléfono móvil. Una opción especialmente desarrollada para el público más deportista.

No todo es estética

Pese a que uno de los aspectos que más destacan del Xiaomi Mi Watch es su importante peso a nivel estético, la realidad es que sus componentes técnicos no se quedan atrás. En el interior de este dispositivo podemos encontrar un procesador Snapdragon 3100, con 1GB de memoria RAM y 8GB de almacenamiento interno.

Cuenta con pantalla AMOLED de 1,78 pulgadas y 368 x 448 de resolución. Su batería ofrece un total de 570 mAh, suficiente como para asegurar, según datos proporcionados de la firma, hasta 36 horas de funcionamiento. Un tiempo que se reducirá a medida que la interactuación sea mayor.

Dos versiones, misma esencia

Xiaomi no ha querido dejar la oportunidad de irrumpir en el mercado con dos versiones:

– La edición estándar, diseñada para el público general, en colores plata y negro. Además, se incluirá una correa de silicona, de aspecto más informal. El precio será de 170€ aproximadamente.

– La edición especial: Con pantalla de zafiro, muy habitual en relojes de lujo, y con 20 mAh de batería. En este caso, la correa que incorporará de aleación de aluminio. A un precio de 260€ al cambio.

Xiaomi presenta uno de los dispositivos más atractivos del mercado, con clara inspiración en el Apple Watch.

Hands-On: Xiaomi Mi Watch Smartwatch with MIUI (Wear OS)

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Update: During his visit to the Berlinale, Shou Zi Chew, Xiaomi’s CFO and President International, revealed that the Xiaomi Mi Watch will soon be released as a global version for the western market.

Currently, Xiaomi is probably still working on the operating system, which, compared to the Chinese version, will probably speak all western languages. We also consider the implementation of other apps, which are more relevant in this country than in China, to be possible.

Whether it will be possible to falsify the China version of the watch with the official Global ROM of MIUI for Watch is unfortunately still in the stars.

With the new Xiaomi Mi Watch there is finally a full-fledged Smartwatch from Xiaomi, with Wear OS, MIUI interface and similar features as the Apple Watch!

Xiaomi’s close partnership with Huami Amazfit

With the first Mi Band, Xiaomi had already placed a successful fitness tracker on the market at a very early stage – long before Xiaomi’s smartphones also attracted even more attention in Europe. The Mi Band is now in its fourth generation and has enjoyed great popularity ever since.

Despite many innovations between the first and fourth Mi Band, the arguments for Xiaomi’s fitness tracker remain similar: great price/performance ratio, long battery life, well-developed app and simple operation. Because of this, fans of the company have been speculating and wishing for a Xiaomi Smartwatch for quite some time.

So far the “Wearables” division has been left to the close partner Huami Amazfit, who also produces the Mi Band 4 in his factories for Xiaomi. Together Amazfit/Xiaomi have become one of the world’s leading wearable manufacturers and have even left Apple behind.

But unfortunately all Amazfit models, including the current Amazfit GTR models and the Apple Watch clone Amazfit GTS, lack some important functions that make a real smartwatch. For example, it is not possible on Amazfit watches to reply to text messages or to use NFC for contactless payment. This is now changing with the Xiaomi Mi Watch!

Packaging and scope of delivery

The Xiaomi Mi Watch arrived in a really nice box, I think. In contrast to the Apple Watch, it has a similar format, but is matt black instead of white. On the short sides there is a shiny Mi logo and on the underside there are some technical data (in Chinese).

On the upper side, the clock is depicted in relief printing or 3D printing. A holographic “Watchface” is depicted at the place where the display sits. All in all, the whole thing looks super high quality and you don’t have the feeling as if you had bought a watch that is around 200 cheaper than the Apple Watch.

If you open the box you will be presented with the Xiaomi Mi Watch. It lies in a precisely fitting “cardboard bed” and can therefore under no circumstances fly loosely through the cardboard – optimal for importing from China.

The rest of the accessories can be found under the cardboard case in which the watch is located. An instruction manual, which is of course completely in Chinese, and the charging cable. Xiaomi even includes a 5V USB power plug, in this case unfortunately with CN plug, in contrast to almost all other wearable manufacturers.

Xiaomi Mi Watch with Apple Watch Design

One simply has to admit that the Xiaomi Mi Watch looks similar to the Apple Watch in many respects. That’s not just because Xiaomi has opted for a rectangular design. The crown on the right side of the watch and the control knob underneath are almost 1:1 exactly the same as on the Apple Watch.

I don’t necessarily want to criticize Xiaomi for this at this point, because from the point of view of usability it’s probably the right way. Most people will wear the watch on their left wrist and for me the arrangement makes sense.

In my opinion, rectangular watches also have the advantage that text messages, pictures, menus etc. can be displayed more beautifully. But not only the display shape reminds of Apple, there will also be a rotating crown and a control knob underneath.

While the Apple Watch traditionally comes in two different sizes (40 mm and 44 mm for the current Series 5), the Xiaomi Mi Watch is only available in a 44 mm version. Specifically, the Xiaomi Smartwatch measures 44.69 x 36.92 mm and is 12.28 mm thin. In comparison, the Apple Watch Series 5 is only 10.7 mm thin. The Xiaomi Mi Watch is unfortunately 1.58 mm thicker than Apple’s competitor model.

Standard and Premium Edition with different materials

The standard version we received to review from GearBest is available in two different colors. On the one hand in “Technology Silver” and “Elegant Black” – our test model is the Elegant Black version. The frame itself is made of a durable aluminium alloy and looks pretty noble in my opinion.

Depending on the color selection, a silver or black rubber Band made of fluororubber is included as a bracelet. Similar to the Apple Watch, this strap is resistant and sweat-resistant, which will be a pleasure for athletes who want to record their training regularly with the watch. Without a wristband, the Standard Edition made of aluminium weighs 44 g and is therefore heavier than the Apple Watch in a similar design. This weighs only 36.5 g in the current Series 5.

The Premium Edition of the Xiaomi Mi Watch is not made of aluminium, but of stainless steel. In addition, there is no rubber wristband, but a classy steel wristband. The dimensions of the two models are identical, but the Premium Edition with a weight of 56g (without bracelet!) is even heavier. For the sport this is certainly not ideal and probably less intended than the Standard Edition.

Processing Materials

Our standard version of the Xiaomi Mi Watch with aluminum case makes a pretty good overall impression. I couldn’t find any processing or material defects. In my opinion, it also feels really good haptically.

But one thing disturbs me a little bit. Compared to the Apple Watch, the crown protrudes further out of the case, so much so that you can stick your fingernail between the watch case and the crown. With the Apple Watch, the gap is smaller at this point, which pleases me more personally.

I don’t really have much to complain about in terms of wearing comfort in the test, even after a longer period of wearing it doesn’t get unpleasant. Compared to the Apple Watch, there are a few small differences.

While Apple uses a specially constructed bracelet attachment, the bracelet of the Mi Watch is attached with ordinary quick fasteners. Thus, the wristband doesn’t fit as well to the wrist, but in my opinion this has no negative effect on the wearing comfort.

What I find unfortunate, however, is that the mounting construction for the bracelet on the aluminum case is not made of metal, but of plastic. This doesn’t stand out visually, but in my opinion Xiaomi should have held its own with high-quality materials.

The positive thing about this is that the plastic component is attached to the aluminium housing with two small Torx screws. So it can be easily replaced in case of a defect, which is quite good.

AMOLED Display with 1,78 inch

The Xiaomi Mi Watch is equipped with a 1.78 inch AMOLED display. Compared to the Amazfit GTS with 1.65 inch AMOLED display, the Mi Watch’s display is noticeably larger. It has a resolution of 368 x 448 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 326 PPI. So the small screen of the Xiaomi Mi Watch is about as sharp as the Apple Watch Series 5, but the Amazfit GTS with 341 PPI remains even sharper!

The Standard Edition display is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 to ensure that the watch can withstand everyday use. The Premium Edition even uses sapphire glass.

I think it’s a shame to differentiate here, because the Standard Edition is actually the more attractive watch for sports due to its lower weight and the rubber wristband. In my opinion, the stress and the probability that you might stupidly bump into something is more probable. Therefore I would have wished for sapphire crystal for the Standard Edition!

The brightness of the display can be changed in the settings in five steps, from very bright to very dark. There is also an auto brightness mode, which I prefer in everyday life. In the test, the display can be read easily even in direct sunlight, that’s how it has to be.

Thanks to the AMOLED display, the Xiaomi Mi Watch also has an Always-on mode. This mode is missing at least the Apple Watch 4 and was implemented only with the newest version at Apple. For my taste the Always-On screen is a bit too dark and could have been a bit brighter. Unfortunately the brightness of the Always-On mode cannot be changed.

Beside the Always-on mode there is also a “Tilt-to-wake” mode, where the screen automatically turns on when you lift your wrist. It works as well as the Apple Watch Series 4 – I like it!

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Technical data – Is the Mi Watch a performance monster?

At the heart of the Xiaomi Mi Watch beats a Snapdragon 3100, a quad-core processor from the Qualcomm Wear series, specially designed for Smartwatches. It is also used in some fossil watches and clocks at 1.2 GHz. In addition there is 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM.

While Apple charges a surcharge for a model with eSIM that is not too low, the Xiaomi Mi Watch is equipped with an eSIM in all versions. So you can use the Smartwatch for self-sufficient calls and surfing.

Unfortunately, the eSIM, at least with the Chinese version of the Xiaomi Mi Watch, cannot currently be used. In general, the devices for which mobile providers can activate eSIMs can still be counted on two hands. Xiaomi’s Chinese homepage currently states that the providers China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile are supported. We hope that the update will come soon.

Further sensors for sport and fitness

The Xiaomi Mi Watch is equipped with several other modules and sensors that improve sports tracking and usability. With GPS, GLONASS and BEIDOU, the Xiaomi Smartwatch can precisely measure the location or distance covered. With the Amazfit GTR and also the Amazfit GTS there have been problems with the accuracy, but we do not trust Xiaomi to take over these problems.

  • AG sensor (acceleration sensor)
  • heart rate monitor
  • Geomagnetic sensor (compass)
  • Ambient light sensor (automatic brightness)
  • Barometer (air pressure gauge)
  • OTS Optical Displacement Tester

New operating system: MIUI for Watch

Surprisingly Xiaomi has already announced on 30.10.2019 that the Xiaomi Mi Watch is equipped with a new, own operating system! Like the smartphone system it is called MIUI (for Watch). It is based on Google’s Wear OS and has been optimized by Xiaomi for the angular Smartwatch design.

Currently the MIUI for Watch is unfortunately only in Chinese, if you change the system language of your mobile phone to English, at least the settings in the clock are also in English. We hope that there will soon be updates with further languages, respectively a Global ROM.

Connect Xiaomi Mi Watch to Android smartphone

At least currently, with the Chinese version of the Xiaomi Mi Watch, connecting the Smartwatch to an Android smartphone is quite tedious. We also needed some time for this, because with the Wear OS App version from the PlayStore you won’t get far.

You need the Chinese Wear OS version! Beside the Wear OS App, you also need the Xiaomi Wear App, which is also not available in the Play Store, but has to be downloaded as.APK as well. If you have the watch it will send you a QR code on the display directly to download.

Connect Xiaomi Smartwatch to Andoird mobile phone – step by step

  • Install Xiaomi Wear App
  • Install Google Wear App (China version)
  • Search Xiaomi Mi Watch Smartwatch in Xiaomi Wear App
  • Change to the Wear OS App (China version)
  • Ready!
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The nice thing is that the Wear OS App in the China version is also multilingual (depending on the system language). The Xiaomi Wear App on the other hand is only available in Chinese and therefore only partially usable. But if you are familiar with the Mi Fit App, for the Mi Band, you should find your way around.

Connect Xiaomi Mi Watch to Apple iPhone

Paradoxically, connecting to the iPhone is much easier than connecting to an Android phone. Simply download the Wear OS app from the Apple App Store and connect the clock to your iPhone. In the test this works very simply and reliably.

A second app, like the one under Android, is not necessary here, but the Xiaomi Wear app is only available for Android, so you don’t have a nice data overview and also less watchfaces and settings options.

It is questionable if a possible Global version is also equipped with MIUI or if a Stock Wear-OS version is installed for Europe. However, since the advertising graphic explicitly states MIUI for Watch in English and not in Chinese, at least an English version of MIUI for Watch is considered probable.

Here you can see how the MIUI for Watch is structured:

Does GooglePay work with the Xiaomi Mi Watch?

For many the question of all questions: Can I pay contactless with the Xiaomi Mi Watch? Thanks to a built-in NFC module, this is not impossible! At least in China cashless payment with the Mi Watch is possible. However, currently only the payment models “Alipay” and “WeChat Pay”, which are widespread in Asia, are supported.

Unfortunately, there is currently no mention of GooglePay and there is also unfortunately no option on our Chinese version could make this possible. We have to be patient until there is a Global Version or at least an official Global ROM.

In China, thanks to NFC, bus tickets, tram tickets and admission tickets can also be linked to the Xiaomi Smartwatch. These functions have not yet been available for Amazfit watches.

Ten sports modes under MIUI for Watch

The Xiaomi Mi Watch Smartwatch is equipped with ten sports modes. In addition to the standards, there are also some more unusual sports:

  • Jogging
  • treadmill jogging
  • running
  • Cross Country – (Mountain Bike Discipline)
  • mountaineering
  • ride a bicycle
  • Bicycle trainer
  • Swimming lanes
  • Open water swimming
  • Free Activities

Health monitoring

In addition to sports modes, the Xiaomi Mi Watch also measures health in everyday life and can evaluate it using the following parameters:

  • Heart rate monitoring
  • sleep monitoring
  • stress monitoring
  • body energy monitoring
  • motion memory

Battery capacity and running time

In the area of battery capacity, the Xiaomi Mi Watch again distinguishes between Standard Version and Premium Edition. Thus in the standard version a 560 mAh battery is installed, in the Premium Edition it is 580 mAh. However, the battery life of up to 36 hours is the same for both devices.

Compared to the Amazfit Smartwatches or even the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, a battery life of only 36 hours is certainly sobering for some. However, a battery life of 1-3 days was foreseeable and is also the rule with Apple and Co. We are curious to see how the battery will perform in practice and whether 36 hours is a realistic value or whether there is even a bit more in it!

Price for the Xiaomi Smartwatch

In China, the standard version of Mi Watch will cost 1299 yuan (~185). For the Premium Edition you have to put 1999 Yuan (~284) on the table. Experience shows, however, that the direct conversion price cannot be taken into account.

We assume that the Standard Edition will probably start for about 200-250 and the Premium Edition for about 300-350 in the China shops. Of course we hope that this estimation is wrong and that the watch will become cheaper, at least with time.

Estimation – buy the Xiaomi Mi Watch?

We are looking forward to the Xiaomi Mi Watch and hope that it will soon also be available as a global version and with a not too reduced range of functions. It would be at least believable that the Chinese manufacturer has already translated the MIUI for Watch system into many languages.

The absolute killer features, at least for us, would be the implementation of GooglePay and the activation of western eSIM providers. Then the Xiaomi Smartwatch would have several advantages over the Amazfit watches, which could make up for the shorter battery life.

At the moment we would at least wait with a purchase of the Xiaomi Mi Watch. At the moment only the settings are translated into English, we hope that this will change soon with a Global ROM. There is also the problem that the watch in Europe cannot be coupled with an Android/Xiaomi mobile phone due to the wrong Wear-OS app version.

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Which Xiaomi Smartwatch Should I Buy in 2022

For persons in the Apple Ecosystem, an Apple Watch is a no-brainer. That is absolutely the watch to get as it works well with the iPhone and in the Apple ecosystem in general. But then what about everyone else? What’s the best smartwatch for an Android user?

The answer to this question isn’t as straightforward owing to the fragmentation in this space. OEMs like Garmin, Motorola, Samsung, and more, are making WearOS-powered watches but these are the minority. Google will be soon launching the Pixel Watch and maybe that will be the champ in this space.

For the masses, fitness trackers have been catering to their smartwatch needs, all while being affordable and with stellar battery life. Check out the post below that breaks down some of our best picks in 2022.

Now onto the Xiaomi-made watches, you can buy in 2022. Worth noting is that Xiaomi has always been pretty bad when it comes to naming its products. Sometimes, there are overlapping features, making the distinction between these products a little difficult. But that’s why I am here.

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite remains one of my favorite smartwatches to date. It is definitely not as Smart as the Galaxy Watches or Apple Watches of this world but for what it is and is capable of, it is a pretty solid device.

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite looks and feels a lot more expensive than it actually is. Xiaomi has also been working on wearables for a while and the company knows a thing or two about wearable software, something that the proprietary OS this watch runs depicts.

Should you be in the market for a simple, unassuming, no-frills smartwatch that does its job with little to no fuss, all at an affordable price, then the Redmi Watch 2 Lite is your best bet right now.

Mi Watch Lite

The Mi Watch lite has a 1.4-inch display in a square form factor and is made of plastic for the most part with rubber straps. The watch is a little thicker than most normal watches but that’s probably to accommodate the battery.

Speaking of, the battery life is rated at up to 2 weeks but a more realistic estimate is around 10 days. This watch has since been succeeded by the above-mentioned Redmi Watch 2 Lite and as such, availability in the market is a little limited.

Here’s a quick summary of the specs.

  • Support for GPS/GLONASS
  • 120 watch faces
  • 1.4-inch display
  • Heart rate and sleep monitoring
  • 5 ATM water resistance up to 50m

Like the other watches from Xiaomi, this too runs on the OEM’s proprietary software which doesn’t come with as many Smart features or support for third-party apps but it still offers a decent experience.

It sports a smaller display than its successor but manages to offer most of the functionalities. I mean it even has GPS. To pair it with your smartphone, you will need to use the Mi Fitness app.

This can be gotten at pretty affordable of around 50 with massive discounts where it is listed. As mentioned, availability might be limited but for the discounted price, it is hard to complain.

Poco Watch

The Poco Watch comes to us courtesy of Xiaomi’s sub-brand, Poco. This watch features a 1.6-inch AMOLED touch display with a 320 x 360px resolution with always-on display (AOD) functionality. This alone should be enough to sway Redmi Watch 2 Lite users. AMOLED beats LCD any day, especially on these small displays.

Like many other Xiaomi watches, this one comes with a non-standard 125–205 mm soft silicone watch strap with a buckle and clasp for a secure fit, just like the Redmi Watch 2 Lite.

The Poco Watch also runs the same Xiaomi’s proprietary software that might not be as feature-rich as Wear OS but isn’t bad either. There is no support for third-party apps but the benefit of this is stellar battery life. Poco says it should last you around 2 weeks on a charge but ideally, a week is a more reasonable estimate.

  • SpO2 and 24-hour heart rate tracking
  • Over 100 different fitness modes tracking
  • Support for GPS and GLONASS
  • 1.6″ AMOLED display
  • 5ATM water-resistant

Sadly though, the availability of this watch has been pretty spotty. The Poco Watch is available in select regions and markets for a price of £79.99 (roughly 100 / AU140). Should this be available in your region, go for it? It offers a better display than the Redmi Watch 2 Lite and a bigger display than older models.

Mi Watch

This Xiaomi smartwatch was unveiled back in late 2020 and still offers some of the best value for money in the smartwatch space to date if you can find it that is. This watch dons a more traditional circular form factor and comes with all the basic functions you’d expect.

It has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It has two buttons for navigation and internally, bears GPS and GLONASS support, and has a heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, SpO2 sensor, a barometer, the whole deal basically.

It is waterproof up to 5ATM, supports Bluetooth 5.0, and can be paired to your smartphone using the Mi Fitness app. This Mi Watch also has Amazon Alexa support, something that pricier smartwatches struggle with.

Here’s a quick summary of these specs.

  • 1.39″ AMOLED display with 326 ppi and support for Always-on display.
  • SpO2 tracking and 24-hour heart rate monitoring
  • Firstbear-powered sports mode tracking with upto 117 supported modes.
  • 12nm processor
  • GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/BDS support

All this, including the premium design, comes at a price that can be considered a bargain when put against the Apple Watches and Samsung Watches of this industry.

Xiaomi Watch S1

The Xiaomi Watch S1 smartwatch is a full premium watch from Xiaomi and is built to match. It offers a circular design akin to more traditional watches.

This one sports the standard 22mm swappable straps so you’re not limited to the ones that the watch comes with.

Again, this watch connects to your phone using the Mi Fitness app, which offers you all the management features and settings for the watch and the custom watch faces. Here’s a quick breakdown of the features.

  • Sapphire glass and stainless steel case with leather straps out of the box
  • Dual-Band GPS and support for others like GLONASS
  • 117 activity tracking
  • 1.43” AMOLED display with Always-on Display support
  • Bluetooth phone call
  • Wireless charging
  • Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring

The Watch S1 is available across select stores and online platforms at a price of around 151.31.

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

This is the sports version of the Watch S1 and is available for the global market. The battery is rated for up to 10 days. This Xiaomi smartwatch offers a more rugged design compared to its S1 counterpart.

The Watch S1 Active supports heart rate monitoring, SpO2 monitoring, over 200 watch faces, up to 117 workout modes with 19 professional modes, and has an always-on display, built-in Amazon Alexa support, and GPS. This one is built for the outdoors people.

This too runs on Xiaomi’s proprietary smartwatch software and pairs to your phone using the Mi Fitness app.

Conclusion

WearOS holds a lot of promise and it is a shame that all these years later, we haven’t seen an accessible, affordable watch that works well with Android. The Pixel Watch promises this but that is still several weeks from hitting the market.

Over the years, Xiaomi has demonstrated the ability to offer in-house solutions to such issues, and this Xiaomi smartwatch collection, while not super robust and extensive, offers shoppers a decent smartwatch experience.

We can’t wait for the day when WearOS watches will be an easy recommendation for Android users.

Xiaomi Mi Watch review

Offering the ability to track 117 exercises, a battery that lasts longer than two weeks and a budget-friendly price, the Mi Watch is one to consider.

Cons

  • No third-party app support
  • Hit-and-miss notifications
  • Inability to share data with other apps

Our Verdict

While there are some limitations to the Mi Watch software, particularly with third-party apps and notification support, the extensive fitness tracking, premium design and 16-day battery life make up for it.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch was initially revealed back at Xiaomi’s September 2020 event, but despite the UK being on the list of countries where it’d release, it’s only now, in mid-2021, that we’re seeing it appear. That’s a big gap between announcement and release, and the budget smartwatch market is evolving at a Rapid pace, so has Xiaomi offered enough to stay competitive with 2021 releases?

While there are limitations within Xiaomi’s operating system when compared to premium alternatives, there’s a lot to appreciate about the Xiaomi Mi Watch hardware, fitness tracking capabilities and battery life – especially at just £119.

Design and build

While sub-£100 smartwatches, just a few years ago, were best described as cheap and basic, the same can’t be said in 2021, and especially when it comes to the Xiaomi Mi Watch. Xiaomi has done a great job creating a smartwatch that looks and feels good on the wrist, sporting the classic circular watch design beloved by many.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch sports a 45mm plastic case, which is slightly smaller than 46mm alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, and it comes in one of three colours: black, beige or navy blue. Though not a metal case like more premium wearables, the matte finish and sturdy construction of the plastic casing give it a solid feel in the hand.

The case is admittedly a little thicker than some alternatives, measuring in at 11.8mm thick, but at 32g, it doesn’t feel bulky or weighty on the wrist.

The case is flanked by a 22mm textured TPU Band that’s comfortable to wear over the course of days, and it’s sweat-resistant too, making it handy for exercise. If you do want to switch it for something a little more premium, you’re free to – it’ll fit most, if not all, standard 22mm straps.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch sports a gorgeous 1.39in AMOLED display with a decent 454 x 454 resolution, although that premium tech is somewhat undercut by the thick black bezel that surrounds it. It is less noticeable when using a black watchface, but if you opt for something a little more vivid, it’s noticeable. Overall though, the display is vibrant, viewing angles are great and it’s bright enough for use outdoors too.

You’ve also got the option of an always-on display, and you can crank the display to the max manually if the automatic brightness adjustment isn’t to your taste, albeit to the detriment of battery life.

To the right of the display you’ll find two physical buttons with very satisfying click feedback, with the top button directing you to the app menu and the bottom taking you to a dedicated workout app. There’s no need to remember that though, considering both buttons are labelled.

To round it off, the Xiaomi Mi Watch offers 5ATM water resistance, allowing you to wear the watch in the pool or in the sea without issue.

Features and smarts

The Xiaomi Mi Watch comes running Xiaomi’s own operating system, which can be both good and bad depending on how you intend on using the smartwatch.

Though it’s Xiaomi’s own OS, there are clear cues from Google’s Wear OS here, making it easier to get used to. From the main watchface, you can swipe left or right to access widgets that display information like the current weather, fitness information and heart rate data, and a swipe will bring up your notifications – although you do have to swipe down, rather than up, as is the case with Google’s OS.

The lower side button will take you to Xiaomi’s dedicated exercise tracking app, while pressing the upper side button will take you to the app menu, allowing access to a suite of pre-installed apps, and holding the button will activate Amazon Alexa.

Yep, that’s right, the Xiaomi Mi Watch features Amazon Alexa support, allowing quick access to the virtual assistant from your wrist – especially helpful if you’ve got an Alexa-controlled Smart home as I do. It meant I could control lights and ask general queries without the use of my smartphone, and although the lack of a speaker meant results were displayed as text rather than read to me, the results to my queries were fairly accurate most of the time.

There are four watch faces that come pre-installed on the Xiaomi Watch, mainly focused on displaying fitness metrics, but there are hundreds of alternatives available to download via the companion app for iOS and Android, with styles ranging from colourful faces to retro grey-and-black faces, and unlike alternatives, these are all free to download.

The biggest problem with Xiaomi’s software is that it doesn’t support third-party apps, so don’t expect to be able to use apps like Google Maps for navigation or Spotify for streaming music. It’s not the only manufacturer to do it, especially at the budget level, but it’s worth noting – Google Wear OS, it certainly isn’t.

That said, there is a range of pre-installed apps, the problem is that the apps are all icon-based when browsing, making it hard to work out what each app is and what it does. It seems Xiaomi is aware of this problem, outlining each app in the Xiaomi Wear Lite app for iOS and Android, but I can’t help but feel it could’ve been fixed by using a combination of text and icons like most other smartwatches.

There is notification support, but due to the limitations of Xiaomi’s software, support is basic. You’ll get notifications from the likes of WhatsApp, Instagram and Messages, each with their respective app icon displayed so you know where the notification has come from, but with unsupported apps (aka most apps you’ll have) it’ll simply say ‘app’ above the notification. If you get as many notifications on a daily basis as I do, that’s certainly not helpful.

You can’t actually interact with the notification either; while you can quick reply to messages on Wear OS and watchOS, all you can do is dismiss the notification the Xiaomi Mi Watch.

So, while there’s a lot to like about Xiaomi’s smartwatch OS, it’s not quite as feature-packed as some alternatives.

Fitness and exercise tracking

The combination of sensors available on the Xiaomi Mi Watch, including a heart rate monitor, Sp02 monitor (for blood oxygen readings) and built-in GPS, help provide a holistic look at your overall health and fitness. The watch collects data on your standing hours, steps taken, stress levels and much more, and it uses available data to predict your current energy levels too, although I’ve not found the latter to be that useful – I know when I’m tired and when I’m not.

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There’s detailed sleep tracking on offer too, automatically tracking your time in bed as well as different stages of sleep, but the sleep suggestions are sometimes less than helpful. Simply telling me to “sleep more” isn’t going to make me sleep more, Xiaomi!

Alongside general health and fitness tracking, the Xiaomi Mi Watch offers surprisingly in-depth exercise tracking. There are 117 types of exercise on offer, with 17 core modes (including the most popular exercises like running, swimming and cycling) that offer richer metrics.

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You can manually start your exercise using the watch, but there’s also automatic exercise recognition on offer, ideal for those times where you forget to start tracking at the beginning of a run as I did on one occasion during testing. Using built-in GPS, the Mi Watch can track your exercise without the need to be connected to a smartphone, and I found the results to be generally on the money.

When recording one of the core exercises, like running, you’ll get access to exercise-specific metrics like your split and pace alongside general distance and heartrate measurements on your wrist, and once you’re done, you can delve into the Xiaomi Mi Wear Lite app on your smartphone to get a better look at how you performed. It’ll even offer basic training effect and recovery time suggestions, features usually exclusive to wearables from the likes of Huawei and Garmin.

As well as delving into your exercises, the companion app is where you’ll also get an overview of all the metrics measured by the watch, giving you a look at your heart rate, stress levels, energy levels and more at a glance.

It really does provide a comprehensive look at your health and fitness, which makes the fact that you can’t share the data with any other app all the more frustrating. Those hoping to export cycling data to an app like Strava, or those looking to feed data into Apple’s Health app, should look elsewhere.

Battery life

One area where the Xiaomi Mi Watch really shines is in the battery life department, with Xiaomi’s 16-day battery life claim not far off the mark. I never got to 16 days, but I got just over two weeks of use out of the watch before it needed a top-up – a process that takes a little over two hours – and that’s with what I’d describe as average use, with notifications popping up, the occasional exercise tracked and general use of the various all-day tracking features on offer.

It’s a freeing experience being able to go weeks without having to worry about charging the smartwatch, and it makes sleep tracking much easier too, negating the need to charge the watch before bedtime. It’s certainly something I’ll struggle to readjust to once I go back to the 18-hour Apple Watch Series 4 I use as my daily watch.

The long battery life also allows you to use the always-on display without concern – it’ll still drain quicker, but you’ll get a good few days of use out of it before it’ll need a charge. You could even squeeze more life out of the watch if you aren’t interested in the all-day fitness tracking on offer.

Price

Despite the overall premium look of the Xiaomi Mi Watch, it’s one of the cheaper smartwatches on the market at just £119 in the UK, and it’s even cheaper at £99 at the time of writing as part of Xiaomi’s Early Bird special. You can buy the watch from the Xiaomi Store, and although it isn’t available at third-party retailers just yet, we expect that’ll change in the coming months. Those in the US are out of luck though – there are no plans to launch the wearable in the States right now.

At £119, the Xiaomi Mi Watch comes up against Huawei’s Watch Fit, offering more tracked workouts than Huawei’s option, a larger display and longer battery life too, although it’s in line with the Amazfit GTR 2e in both price and functionality.

For a better look at the smartwatch market, take a look at our pick of the best smartwatches.

Verdict

Though it doesn’t run Google’s Wear OS and thus misses out on third-party app support and better notification support, the Xiaomi Mi Watch still manages to deliver a great smartwatch experience. The build quality is exceptional, from the curved glass atop the display to the satisfying click of the side-mounted buttons, and the 1.39in AMOLED panel pops too.

There’s basic fitness and health tracking alongside the ability to record 117 different exercises, and the companion app does a great job at presenting this information in a user-friendly way, although the inability to export the data for use in other apps – like Apple Health – may put some off.

But it’s the battery life that’ll likely impress most, managing around two weeks with average use and the potential to last much longer with features like all-day heartrate monitoring disabled.

All that for £119? Colour me impressed.

Specs

Xiaomi Mi Watch: Specs

  • 45.9 × 53.4 × 11.8mm
  • 32g
  • Available in Black/Navy Blue/Beige
  • 1.39in AMOLED display 454 x 454
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Acceleration sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic sensor
  • Air pressure sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • GPS
  • 420mAh battery
  • 16-day battery life
  • Android iOS compatible
  • 117 exercises tracked
  • Blood oxygen monitoring
  • Sleep tracking